Always on the safe side

Better safe than sorry - How early-career researchers overcome risks and avoid pitfalls when submitting applications and performing research

An Online Lecture Series on Compliance Topics for Early-Career Researchers (in German)

What do I have to consider when handling research data? What do third-party funding institutions expect from me? What can I use research funds for? What rights do I have to my research results? Who am I even allowed to cooperate with?

Answers to these and many other questions can be found in the German online lecture series "Better safe than sorry - How early-career researchers overcome risks and avoid pitfalls when submitting applications and performing research".

Successful researchers know the legal and ethical requirements for their research projects. Compliance aspects are becoming increasingly important, especially when applying for and carrying out third-party funded projects - for example, for project funding the German Research Foundation (DFG) expects applicants to provide information on the legal framework.

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Why participate?

Our aim is to support you in successfully carrying out your research projects, keeping an eye on all legal and administrative guidelines and avoiding unnecessary stumbling blocks. Take the opportunity to exchange ideas with our experts and discuss your questions.

Who can participate?

The lecture series is aimed at postdocs, doctoral students and other interested early-career researchers who wish to acquire basic knowledge on compliance-matters related to research. 

The lecture series at a glance

November 4, 2021, 10 am - 11 am, online

How do I perform ethically responsible research? What standards and principles do I have to observe when collecting data or performing experiments? What consequences can my actions have on individuals or society? Sometimes there is a fine line between conscientious research and violations of ethical standards. We show you where the line is and familiarize you with ethical issues that can arise during your day-to-day research.

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November 17, 2021, 10 am - 12 pm, online

Scientific misconduct? That will never happen to me! But to avoid misconduct, you first have to know how to do things properly. Avoid risk and learn about the different aspects of good scientific practice in this lecture.

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November 30, 2021, 10 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 3 pm, online

Digital management of research data is an essential part of every well managed research project and a requirement for many providers of third-party funding. Organize your research data and learn more about research data management at the University of Bonn.

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December 8, 2021, 10 am - 11:30 am, online

Diversity and gender equality are important elements in successful applications for third-party funding. Increase your chances of receiving third-party funding by improving your understanding of these key topics in relation to research.

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January 25, 2022, 10 am - 11 am, online

What measures does the University of Bonn take and what can young scientists already do to enable the participation of all and to make their own working environment as inclusive as possible.

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February 8, 2022, 10 am - 11:30 am, online

Are you cooperating with researchers and institutions in other countries? Then you should definitely attend this lecture, which provides more information on how to deal with sensitive knowledge and the potential misuse of research results in international cooperations.

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February 17, 2022, 10 am - 12 pm, online

What do I have to keep in mind when financing my research project and what am I actually allowed to use my acquired third-party funds for? How does procurement ['Beschaffung'] actually work at the University of Bonn? And what is the difference between a sovereign and an economic project? In this lecture, you will learn the most important basics, possible pitfalls and how to avoid them.

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March 15, 2022, 10 am - 11:30 am, online

What name do I use for my project? What information do I have to put on the project website? Where do I publish my research results and what do third-party funding providers expect? All these questions have a legal dimension you should be aware of. This lecture provides some insights that can help you avoid nasty surprises in the future.

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March 29, 2022, 10 am - 11 am, online

How do I actually get into the media? And what's in it for me?  The focus of this lecture is on the topics of research and press work and the transfer of expertise to the media. The target group is all those who do research and want to share the fascination of their discipline with others outside the professional environment.

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"Compliance" Certificate

The certificate "Compliance in Forschung und Antragstellung" certifies that you have basic legal, ethical and administrative knowledge in research-relevant and transdisciplinary topics. If you take part in at least six lectures in the series, you can apply for the certificate by email. You can also credit compliance lectures from different semesters.


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53115 Bonn

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